Product Type: Drumond Park board games
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Countdown Board Game
Member Name: jrh2
Countdown Board Game
Advantages: number round
Disadvantages: the rest
I received the Countdown board game as a Christmas present and although I rarely watch the programme it is still a really easy game to learn. In the first place I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the game but it is not a bad game. I don't consider it a favorite though, or anywhere close.
Like the programme the game has nine rounds, 6 word rounds, 2 number and 1 conundrum. I think this is a good amount of rounds as it isn't too long or too short. If it was too long I would probably get fed up of playing.
The word game, this round includes choosing nine letters and making the longest word out of them you can. There is 30 seconds to do this using the letters only once and writing it down. As the letters are chosen randomly their may not even be a nine letter word which could be found in the dictionary. It is definitely easier said than done! This is not my favourite round but it is the most frequent. I find it can be very hard to find these long words, especially when I'm always playing with my mum.
The letter cards all have c or v on the back so it is easy to ensure you pick the right cards and the letters on them are big and bold so you can see them from quite a distance away. The paper is provided with a space for each of the games and a grand total. There are also two pencils which is useful but what about the rest of the players!
The best part of the game is the classic countdown clock. There is a small blue box which when pressed does the 30 second sound effect. This is a great part of the game. Unfortunately it is not so great if you have children around pressing it over and over again as it is quite loud.
The number round, this is my favourite round and if I ever watch countdown this is usually why. As there are only two rounds it is a long wait. For this round there must be six number cards chosen and put in the center of the playing area. You must then roll the 9 sided dice which is provided three times to make a three digit number. That is the target number which you now have to make using the six numbers only once and adding, subtracting, times or divide to get it exactly in the 30 seconds. I usually manage to get these whilst everyone else struggles which helps me get my score back up from the failed word round. If no one gets the target number the closest person wins the round.
The last game is conundrum. For this you pick one conundrum card and place it in the playing area. Within 30 seconds you must work out the anagram. For me this round usually consists of us all sitting there staring at the card for 30 seconds thinking to ourselves, I'm not going to get this, why am I bothering. We rarely manage to solve it as they seem to be so hard, despite it being for eight plus.
I don't think it is the kind of game you would buy for an eight year old. Maybe they could join in but it is not the easiest of games, especially if your eight playing against adults.
Although this is a good game I only really like the number round. Make a game with more of that and it may get a better score but otherwise I give it three out of five. I wouldn't rush out to buy it!
Summary: ok game but far from the best